By Walt Hickey Liking Numlock? Forward today’s email to a friend you think may enjoy it and might subscribe. Lander Earns Name NASA stuck the landing, successfully delivering the $814 million InSight probe to Mars. The mission is to study the planet’s interior and is NASA’s first attempt to explore Mars with a new lander since 2012’s landing of the Curiosity rover. InSight will detect marsquakes and other neat things. Worth highlighting is that getting a functioning device onto the surface of Mars is still way dicier than the recent NASA track record would have casual followers believe: earthlings were running at a 40 percent success rate in successfully invading Martian personal space. Two recent man-made craters on Mars include the European Space Agency’s Schiaparelli craft in 2016 and NASA’s Mars Polar Lander in 2009.
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